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Rangers Blast From The Past: Jose Trevino’s emotional walk-off completes comeback vs Rockies on Fathers Day

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Rangers Blast From The Past: Jose Trevino’s emotional walk-off completes comeback vs Rockies on Fathers Day

Fathers Day is a day we, as individuals worldwide, celebrate dads and father figures for the impact they made in our lives. As Father’s Day approaches, I recall a recent game of emotion and resiliency (two years ago to this exact date). On June 10, 2018, Jose Trevino became a dad. He welcomed his son, Josiah, to the world. Five days later, a minor leaguer’s dream came true. Trevino made his major league debut that Friday evening against the Rockies (taking over for the injured Carlos Perez). Sunday’s finish capped off a week of a lifetime for a baseball player and a father, creating an unforgettable Fathers’ Day experience.

Game Recap

DJ LeMahieu homered off Rangers’ starter Yovani Gallardo to begin the game. After that, you can use one word to describe the first three innings, pitching. In the top of the fourth inning, the Rockies strung four straight baserunners and scratched three runs to take a 4-0 lead. The bottom of the sixth started a chaotic three and a half innings. The Rangers had the first five men reach base off Colorado ace, Jon Gray (with two errors). All five men came into score capped off with a Jurickson Profar three-run shot, and a 5-1 deficit turned to a 6-5 Texas lead. However, just as quickly as fans cheered, they were forced to jeer. The Rockies rallied to hang a five-spot of their own with five consecutive hits off Alex Claudio and Jose Leclerc, taking a 10-6 lead at a stretch.

The Rockies’ bullpen showed areas of self-destructing on that Sunday. In the seventh, the Rangers scored three runs thanks to another Profar clutch hit. The ballgame entered the ninth as Texas trailed 10-9, and Jesse Chavez entered the game. Unfortunately, Irving-native Trevor Story,burned his hometown team with a two-run home run, and the Rangers had the tall task in facing an All-Star closer in Wade Davis down three in the ninth.

Wade Davis’ control was all over the place in the ninth. Five of the first six Rangers reached base with only one hit in the inning (Rougned Odor’s single to right). Bases were loaded, one out, and the tying run was at second base  in a 12-11 game. Jose Trevino came up to the plate. Trevino did not start the game, but Jeff Banister inserted him after Adrian Beltre pinch-hit for Robinson Chirinos in the eighth inning. On a 3-2 pitch, Trevino cued a jam shot fastball right over Trevor Story’s head, and in front of Carlos Gonzalez. The excellent baserunning by Odor and Isiah Kiner-Falefa made the moment possible. On his first Fathers Day in the majors and as a father, Jose Trevino became the hero for the Texas Rangers.

The emotional part came after the game with a postgame interview with Emily Jones. Unfortunately, Jose was unable to cherish the moment with his dad in person as his Father passed in October of 2013. But, that doesn’t mean his Father wasn’t looking in from above. Emily asked Jose after the game about what it means to have his infant son Josiah at the game. Jose responded, “A lot, I can’t wait to tell him about it.” Josiah celebrated his second birthday recently, and I wonder if the wait is over and Jose told Josiah about this magical Sunday in June 2018.

Game Notes:

  • Wade Davis took the loss in a ninth-inning where he allowed four earned runs, two hits, four walks, and recorded one out. It’s the most walks Davis allowed since June 29, 2013, against the Tigers (as a starter), and is the most walks Davis allowed in one outing as a reliever.
  • Wade Davis did not throw a first-pitch strike to any of the seven Rangers he faced.
  • The Rangers scored seven runs between the seventh and ninth innings. They did this with only three hits total in those two innings. Rangers walked six times and were hit by two pitches in those two innings.
  • It was Yovani Gallardo’s first start back with the Rangers. The Reds released Gallardo after three relief appearances, and the Rangers called him up two days before the start. Gallardo did not pitch in 2019 and has not announced his retirement as of right now.
  • Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor were both hit by a pitch in the seventh inning by pitches. That raised the Rangers’ total at the time to 43, which led the American League. The club finished the season getting hit by 88 pitches, second in MLB behind the Rays with 101.
  • This loss for the Rockies marked twenty-one times the Rockies lost in a game where they had a lead, led the National League at the time.
  • The Rangers didn’t get their first baserunner until the bottom of the fourth when Delino DeShields singled; Jon Gray retired the first ten Rangers on seven strikeouts.
  • Coupled with the previous Day’s win over the Rockies, the Rangers finished June by winning eleven of their final thirteen games, turning a 27-44 record to 38-46. This game was the second win of seven straight the Rangers pulled off between June 16 and June 23. It was the longest win streak of the 2018 season.
  • At 3 hours and 54 minutes, this was the longest nine-inning game at Globe Life Park during the 2018 season. The first five and a half innings took an hour and forty-five minutes while the final three and a half innings took two hours and nine minutes.
  • The Rangers sent Trevino down to AA Frisco after this game. He later missed the rest of the season with a shoulder issue. He underwent shoulder surgery the next month. Isiah Kiner-Falefa became the Rangers backup catcher to fill the depth.
  • Robinson Chirinos started the game and later pinch-hit for by Beltre and replaced by Trevino. This game was Chirinos’ first appearance in four days after the home plate collision brawl in Los Angeles with Matt Kemp.
  • Delino DeShields scored four runs in this game, remaining his career-high.
  • The first base umpire was Angel Hernandez. Angel did not have any disputed calls at first base.

Credentialed Media Staff Writer covering the Texas Rangers for Dallas Sports Fanatic | 2014 University of North Texas graduate with a Bachelor's in Radio, Television, and Film. My baseball memory bank is dominated by the Texas Rangers with the other 29 franchises sprinkled in. In addition, I enjoy NFL Sunday afternoons and only the first NCAA tournament weekend.

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